dinsdag 8 oktober 2013

Two Recipes

I thought it was time to write a post about cooking:)

So here it comes: for the main dish - Chicken Curry

For 4 persons, you will need:

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (the original recipe called for 2 breast halves per person, but we don't eat so much meat)
1/2c flour
butter
2 onions, chopped
2 green peppers, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2-3 tsp curry powder
1tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 cans diced tomatoes, undrained (I used peeled tomatoes, because they are cheaper. Just mash them with a fork)
parsley to taste, fresh or dry
1/2 tsp dried thyme (I used basil because I had no thyme)
1c water
3 tbsp raisins

In the original recipe chicken was to be baked in the oven, but I cooked it on the stove. Here is how you do it:

Dust chicken with flour and fry it in butter until light brown. Remove and set aside. Saute onions, peppers and garlic in drippings until tender. Add curry powder, salt, pepper and the chicken. Add tomatoes, parsley, thyme and water, cover the pan and cook on medium till low for +/- 20 minutes. Stir in raisins. The recipe suggests that you serve it with rice, but as you can see from he picture, I served it with potatoes and green salad.

Now for dessert: Cheesecake Without Crust (an original German recipe):





The recipe called for 1 kg quark, which I decided was too much, so I reduced the amount of all ingredients in half. This cake tastes really delicious! To bake it you will need:

Ab. 1 cup raisins
2 TBSP orange juice (the original recipe suggested rum, which I didn't have)
70g butter, softened
10-12 TBSP sugar (depending on your taste, the original recipe calls for 350g sugar for 1 kg quark)
1pkg vanilla sugar
salt to taste
500g (1 pkg) skim quark  (I think it could be substituted with cream cheese)
2 eggs
the juice of 1 lemon (I used bottled juice, ab. 2 TBSP is enough)
1/2 pkg vanilla pudding powder
1 TBSP semolina
1/2 pkg baking powder
1 TBSP flour
powder sugar

Wash the raisins and soak in orange juice, for at least 10 min. Grease a baking pan (26cm d) and set aside. Cream butter, sugar, vanilla sugar and salt. Add quark, eggs and lemon juice, mix thoroughly. In another bowl, mix pudding powder, semolina, baking powder and flour. Add raisins, drained. Mix together with quark cream, pour into the pan and bake at 180°C for 50-60 minutes or till golden brown. If it becomes too dark, cover with aluminium foil for the last 10 minutes. (I baked it at 200°C so it became darker in colour but still tasted good).

Dust with powder sugar. I served it with strawberry sauce. Enjoy!


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